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June 12, 2009 4:13:14 PM

Howdy,

I am looking to overclock the CPU up to at least the 3.6-3.8 range, also I will probably slightly OC any graphics card that I get.

CPU -
i7 920 D0 Stepping

CPU HSF -
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

Thermal Compound -
OCZ OCZTFRZTC Freeze Extreme Thermal Conductivity Compound - Retail

Motherboard -
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Case -
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

PSU -
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Video Card -
Not really sure on this, trying to decide between a HD 4890, a GTX 275, or a GTX 285. Will the listed PSU have enough power for 2-card SLI/Crossfire of any of those? I have about $330 left over in the budget and I would like to be able to play at 1920x1200, high settings on most games. (ArmA 2 primarily)

Memory -
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail

HDD -
2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM in RAID 0

Optical Drive - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $1171.91 w/ shipping and tax, w/o MIR and cost of video cards.


Also, if anyone has a recommendation for a nice monitor, I have around $400 to spend on one that I left out of the budget for the rig. Right now I'm thinking about the Samsung T240HD.

Edit: Completely forgot about thermal compound and an optical drive.

More about : build 1500

June 12, 2009 4:38:42 PM

i suggest getting Sapphire ATI Radeon HD4890 TOXIC 1GB DDR5 2DVI PCI-Express Video Card, Retailthis card is cheaper than newegg at ewiza with a difference 30$ and this is factory overclocked and it will be a better bang for buck than the gtx 275 and the gtx 285,if you wanna overclock urself and save the 20 more dollars then get SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

the ati 4890 overclocked to 1000 MHZ performs as the gtx 275 and the gtx 275 is more expensive while the gtx 285 is out of your budget and IMO the ati 4890 will suit you,also the corsair 750TX is great and will allow you to sli gtx 275 or CF ati 4890 but if you are going gtx 285 and you want to sli i would suggest getting the corsair 850

BTW,it seems you have done your job carefully in choosing the parts and you have excellent parts.also the monitor is great
June 12, 2009 4:53:48 PM

Looking at NewEgg, the 750TX is originally priced at $179.99 while the 850TX is originally priced at $159.99. Is there a reason for this counter-intuitive pricing?

Also, are there any benchmarks out there comparing the 4890 @ 1000MHz to a stock GTX 285? Is the OC'ed 4890 better for games?
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June 12, 2009 5:08:30 PM

the 4890 @ 1Ghz vs GTX 285 @ stock, they both perform in the same league really in games which don't use physx.
June 28, 2009 6:17:14 PM

Okay I'm about to buy. Here's an updated list of everything. Am I missing anything that I would need to build this rig?

Main use will be gaming, ArmA 2 primarily, which is a resource hog. Planning on running at 1920x1200 with med-high settings.


CPU -
i7 920 D0 Stepping
Will probably OC to 3.6-3.8

CPU HSF -
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

Thermal Compound -
OCZ OCZTFRZTC Freeze Extreme Thermal Conductivity Compound - Retail

Motherboard -
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Case -
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

PSU -
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Video Card -
SAPPHIRE Toxic 100269TXSR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Will try to OC to 1000/1050 (Core/Memory)

Memory -
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail

OR


CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail

HDD -
2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM in RAID 0

Optical Drive - Any suggestions? The one I was planning on getting has been discontinued apparently.

Will I need SATA cables for the OEM Hard Drives and the DVD Burner?

Total: $1459.52 w/ shipping and tax, w/o MIR and Optical Drive (OCZ Platinum RAM)

OR

Total: $1497.52 w/ shipping and tax, w/o MIR and Optical Drive (Corsair RAM)


Also, if anyone has a recommendation for a nice monitor, I have around $400 to spend on one that I left out of the budget for the rig. Right now I'm thinking about the Samsung T240HD.

Should I get the Corsair RAM or the OCZ Platinum RAM? It's not that big of a price difference thanks to a huge combo deal on NewEgg.

June 28, 2009 7:05:32 PM

You will need sata cables for the oem harddrive and optical drive but from the pictures your motherboard comes with 3, so you will be covered. As the ram goes, I would go with what ever is cheapest.

I recently purchased the 4890 toxic off of newegg, Mine can only achieve 980 core and 1115 memory with no artifacts in games / ati tool on the stock 1.4volts. 1.4375 volts is needed for 1ghz core to be stable with no artifacts.
June 28, 2009 7:14:08 PM

can you get the XFX 4890 black edition? it starts at the 1Ghz core clock that you're looking for.
June 29, 2009 12:20:47 AM

What about a GTX 275? How do those compare to 4890s, OC wise?

If I switch to a EVGA GeForce GTX 275 896MB and drop down to a CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX, I'll save about $90, dropping the total to about $1410. Will a 750W supply have enough juice if I want to add another 275 in the future? Does overclocking require a bunch more power?

Edit: Also, do the fans on that HAF 932 case suck up a ton of power?
June 29, 2009 12:36:05 AM

thehappysavage said:
What about a GTX 275? How do those compare to 4890s, OC wise?

If I switch to a EVGA GeForce GTX 275 896MB and drop down to a CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX, I'll save about $90, dropping the total to about $1410. Will a 750W supply have enough juice if I want to add another 275 in the future? Does overclocking require a bunch more power?

Edit: Also, do the fans on that HAF 932 case suck up a ton of power?


the gtx 275 and the 4890 run head to head when over clocked from the reviews. It's a toss of the coin.

In regards to "saving money" on your build and still obtaining a high over clock and having quality components....

Do a google on "ewiz coupons" and save anywhere from $5 - $15 on that mobo down below. Google it for reviews...it's a good one.

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $222.99 | $207.99 after rebate
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $239.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $212.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail
July 6, 2009 4:14:42 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Wednesday BUDGET RANGE: ~$1400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (ArmA 2 at high settings), surfing, video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (will buy next month), speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel / EVGA / Asus

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (CPU to 3.6+ & GPU) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not with this card, yes in future with DX11 cards

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 (haven't chosen a monitor yet, but it'll be one of these two resolutions.)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Here is a final list. Any major flaws? Did I forget anything? If you can see somewhere to improve on for not much more money, let me know.

CPU -
i7 920 D0 Stepping

CPU HSF -
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

Thermal Compound -
Tuniq TX-3 - Retail

Motherboard -
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Case -
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

PSU -
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Video Card -
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Memory -
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail

HDD -
2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM in RAID 0

Optical Drive - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM


Total: $1421.82 w/ shipping and tax, $1356.82 after MIR

July 7, 2009 12:43:03 AM

thehappysavage said:
Looking at NewEgg, the 750TX is originally priced at $179.99 while the 850TX is originally priced at $159.99. Is there a reason for this counter-intuitive pricing?

Also, are there any benchmarks out there comparing the 4890 @ 1000MHz to a stock GTX 285? Is the OC'ed 4890 better for games?

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That is clearly a mistake. Typo.....
July 14, 2009 9:50:48 PM

Okay got everything put together and it's all working. Should I update the BIOS and stuff or just leave it as it is? Oh also, should I plug in the extra 4-pin part of the 8-pin connector to the motherboard? Half of it was covered up when I installed my mobo.
July 14, 2009 10:26:11 PM

:pt1cable:  Never mind.

I didnt notice the date. :pt1cable: 
July 17, 2009 5:57:50 PM

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